Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz
20-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A stellar freshman season at Washington earned Fultz the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft and immediately made him one of the more intriguing rookies to consider drafting for Fantasy leagues. However, the season didn't turn out like most had hoped and a handful of different issues kept Fultz off the floor for all but 14 games. Most notably was a sore right shoulder, which impacted his ability to shoot consistently and make plays for his teammates. Adding on to that, those issues also impacted Fultz's confidence and that mental hurdle itself was also a contributor in the youngster's extended stay on the sidelines. While it was essentially a lost season, there were at least a few things put on tape that Fultz will be able to build on, including a surprising 13-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double that he notched in the final game of the regular season. With an offseason to clear his mind and essentially start over, look for Fultz to become a regular contributor in the Sixers' rotation. He's reportedly rebuilt his jumper from scratch, which is always concerning for those considering taking a risk on him before seeing the final product. That said, the Sixers don't necessarily have a ton of quality depth in the backcourt, so Fultz seems likely to take over backup point guard duties right away if T.J. McConnell doesn't somehow hold him off. Look for Fultz to be a late-round flier in most Fantasy formats due to his overall upside, but there's definitely concerns about him staying on the court and having any sort of consistency while debuting a brand new shooting stroke. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $15.37 million contract with the 76ers in October of 2017. 76ers exercised $9.75 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Magic in February of 2019. Contract includes a $12.28 million team option for 2020-21.
May not return this season
GOrlando Magic
Shoulder
February 7, 2019
Fultz (shoulder) may not return before the end of the season, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Fultz was traded to Orlando on Thursday in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and a pair of picks, and it sounds like the Magic -- who are slowly drifting further from playoff contention -- will exercise patience with the youngster as he works his way back from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Once healthy, the second-year guard out of Washington is a strong candidate to step in as the team's starting point guard.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Fultz played just one season at Washington, during which he finished sixth in the country in scoring with 23.2 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from deep. He was a lone bright spot for team, as they won just nine games, and posted 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game in addition to his great scoring. One of the main reasons Fultz makes for an intriguing prospect is due to his size, boasting a 6-foot-9.75 wingspan as a 6-foot-4 point guard. Questions still remain about whether or not he can become a transcendent player, but when paired with the full potential of the 76ers, he should become a contributor from Day 1. In the past, the Sixers have stated that Ben Simmons will play point guard -- a plan that may or may not change with Fultz's selection, as he’s a capable off-ball player. Regardless, it seems like he could see a 30-plus minute workload during his rookie campaign and should make for an intriguing Fantasy option. As it stands, he should probably be worth a look in the mid rounds of most Fantasy leagues. Out of all the rookies, however, he may be one of the few worth reaching for considering his projected role, workload and usage.
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Traded to Orlando
GOrlando Magic
Shoulder
February 7, 2019
Fultz has been traded to the Magic in exchange for Jonathan Simmons, the Thunder's top-20 protected first-round pick and a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Still no timetable
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Shoulder
January 19, 2019
Fultz (shoulder) has returned to Philadelphia to continue his rehab, but he remains without a timetable, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Will be re-evaluated next week
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Shoulder
January 1, 2019
Fultz (shoulder) will be re-evaluated next week, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Expected back this season
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Shoulder
December 25, 2018
Fultz (shoulder) is expected to return at some point this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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No update on return timeline
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Shoulder
December 22, 2018
Coach Brett Brown expects to know more about Fultz's (shoulder) recovery in a couple of weeks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
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